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Antoni Wit

Honorary Director of the Krakow Philharmonic. In the years 2013–2018, he held the post of Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra in Pamplona.

He has led the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz (1974–77), the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra and Choir in Krakow (1977–83), the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (1983–2000), and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (1987–92). In the years 2002–2013, Antoni Wit served as General and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The artist studied conducting under Henryk Czyż at the State Higher School of Music in Krakow, and also attained a Degree in Law from Jagiellonian University. He started his professional artistic career as an assistant to Witold Rowicki at the Warsaw Philharmonic. After receiving 2nd prize at the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition in Berlin in 1971, he became an assistant to the patron of the competition.

Antoni Wit has appeared in almost all music centres throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and both Americas. In recent seasons, he has led the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (including the Montreux Festival), and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Lyon, Liège, Brussels, São Paulo, Bilbao, Barcelona and Seville. His upcoming performances include concerts with orchestras in Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, Nagoya, Cape Town, Prague, Sofia, Nantes, Dortmund and Belgrade.

Antoni Wit’s recordings include over 200 albums which have received numerous awards (including the Grammy Award in 2013, as well as six nominations to this prize, the Diapason d’Or, the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque, the Cannes Classical Award, a CHOC, and four Fryderyk Awards). These albums encompasses pieces by the greatest Polish composers, as well as – held to great critical acclaim – interpretations of music by Smetana, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler and R. Strauss. The conductor belongs to a small group of artists worldwide whose records have sold in over six million copies.

Antoni Wit also worked as a pedagogue, he holds the title of a professor, his pupils include Krzysztof Urbański, Michał Dworzyński, Maja Metelska, Rafał Janiak and Dawid Runtz. The artist is a honorary professor at Keimyung University in South Korea.

 

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